from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large, often fierce buffalo (Syncerus caffer) of central Africa, having massive, downward curving horns. Also called Cape buffalo.


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  • The next day, before a jam-packed crowd of five thousand at Browning Field, Diz showed up wearing a drab-looking uniform with just “Dizzy Dean” inscribed on the jersey—his generic barnstorming outfit.

    Satch, Dizzy & Rapid Robert

  • Paramount movies of the '50s were very drab-looking -- the studio reacted to budget cuts by using cheap sets, avoiding location shooting, and generally making it look like everything was shot in a warehouse, which it probably was.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • The drab-looking, winter-weathered tops on my garlic plants are greening up.

    Last Weekend in Review

  • A bell with a little red tassel hung next to a drab-looking door.

    Life Shift

  • There was nothing on display in the front windows, which were heavily curtained with a drab-looking material.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • A tall woman with drab-looking dark brown hair that had dull gray strands woven through worked the counter and apparently was the only waitress.

    The Runaways

  • Alone, among all of them, this ordinary, drab-looking man with the metal-rimmed glasses and the ridiculous hat possessed a sense of honor.

    Shock Value

  • By contrast, the parents were a drab-looking lot, seated upright in their uncomfortable folding chairs, dressed mostly in dull earth tones.

    The Unforgiven

  • It was really a drab-looking room I had down there on Cooper Square, but I had a lot of nice paintings.

    Manchild in the Promised Land

  • The men were, for the most part, a rather drab-looking lot.



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  • Can anyone help me understand the American Heritage Dictionary definition?

    May 30, 2010